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In a global executive
quiz from Leaders Unlimited Korn/Ferry International when asked how to make
a difference in retention of talented employees: 42% indicated empowering
employees to make decisions, 32% included opportunities for advancement and
career development, 16% said better work/life quality, and only 6% indicated
In order to achieve the
desired results for the individual and the organization, career development
discussions should aid in setting goals, developing strategies, establishing
priorities, and assigning actions. Both the individual and their
manager need to prepare for the discussion by asking questions related to
current and future skills, as well as job performance, satisfaction, and
opportunities. Example questions include:
What are the objectives and goals
for the next 6-12 months?
What are gaps exist between what
individual and management see as key job priorities?
What are the strongest skills and
how/when are they used?
What skills need to be developed or
improved and how will this be accomplished?
What results have been accomplished
and how are they significant to growth?
What areas of current job can be
improved or changed to be more satisfying?
What areas in current job are
satisfying or place in which excellence is shown?
What other opportunities might there
be an interest in?
To find out more about career
development or holding development discussions, google "career development".
To find various options for
self-assessments, go to
Development can be for an individual or a group/team of people. The
best approach for development options maybe somewhat different depending on
the skill to be developed and whether it is necessary for all group members
to develop at the same rate. Below is a list of alternatives to
consider for each developmental need.
| Additional Training
|| Group Training
| Higher Education
|| Team Building
| Mentor or Coach
|| Consultant or
skills to develop include: goal-setting, interpersonal/communication
skills, decision-making, thinking skills, problem-solving, time management,
and organization skills.
everything else, getting ready is the secret to success." -
Wizard of When units available in:
full-length courses or 1 hour topic seminars.
Additional organizing courses available:
2 - 4 hour